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RATINGS: 1262   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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Inspired by a tale of a cask doctor who brought sluggish ales back to life by suspending a fig in them. Brewed from 100% Maris Otter pale ale malt, a blend of fine hops and conditioned on dates and figs. User Instructions: open bottle, pour contents into two snifters. Enjoy. ALTERNATIVELY: Walk hand-in-neck with bottle into the middle of the woods. Use shovel to dig 2x2 hole three feet deep. Seal bottle in plastic bag. Place in hole and pack with dirt. Memorize location and leave. Return exactly one year later. Dig up bottle, open and enjoy.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcr (2187) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 23, 2008
2005 bottle. Sweet almost to the point of discomfort. Slightly hazy amber body with very little head. The aroma presents brown sugar, alcohol, bread, grainy malts. Slight notes of citrus, peach, prune juice, sweet fig. The flavor is lightly bitter and heavily sweet, lightly acidic. Medium to full body with a creamy texture. Moderate carbonation. The finish is sticky and sweet with a slight alcoholic bite. The sweet malts needed something for balance— some funk or a little more bitterness. Neither was there.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAY 16, 2008
12 oz bottle from someone. Nice looking amber pour. Aroma is sugar, malt and hops. Flavor is super sweet, very malty, with a hint of vanilla and like the previous poster said, I detect sherry. This is way over the top. I almost detect what would normally be a very tasty barleywine if it wasn’t for the super sweet sugary body. I love the creativity of this brewery, but I am simply not a fan of their beers.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2009
Bottle. Pours clear dark orange with a thin beige head. Aroma of brown sugar, figs, a touch of citrus and some alcohol. Full body and fine carbonation. Boozy taste. Not a surprise given the ABV and youth of this beer. This beer is to hot to be particularly enjoyable. Looks like I should have buried it in a hole for a year.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JUL 10, 2009
Bottle@Home, bottled nov 04. Cookie dough and carrots aroma. Cloudy, amber colour, beige firm small head, good lace. Very very sweet, very very bitter, tangerine, lots of spices, pepper, nutmeg, laurel, cookie dough. Very sticky, very alcoholic. Flavours are complex but still due to it’s sugar sweetness one-dimensional. Strangely enough it’s age didn’t really show.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2009
Bottle from last year’s release. Pours a hazy crimson ruby brown with a medium yellowed white head that falls off quickly. Sweet old plum and prune, oxidized caramel. Sweet, apples, oxidized malt. Boozy finish with lots of long burning alcohol. Still too hot and tough to drink.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
philvil (173) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 12, 2010
i’ve been looking for this for a while but I wasn’t impressed. very high alcohol and very sweet... but more sour than hoppy. maybe it would be better if they put it through the Randall machine. a little raisiny, almost like a stripped down version of the raison d’extra. overall there’s nothing bad about this beer, but also nothing that good

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hartung32 (212) - Indiana, USA - FEB 3, 2014
I haven't had many Barley Wines, but I have had better. Too sweet for me; would like to see it with some age on it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2517) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2003
I'm saddened to be disappointed by this one. 60-70 deg F in snifter. Copper color, fading head. Modest (?!) aroma of cigarette smoke, gunpowder, iron oxide, maybe urine. Intense malt presence, a tightly focused sweetish flavor, with a tingle around the tongue and alcohol peppering in the finish, lingering burn. Interestingly composed but full of flavors I'm not real fond of (more gunpowder, chalk, and soil).

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TChrome (1415) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2004
Beer pours lightly cloudy orange color with a big off white head that mostly dissipates. Aroma is highly alcoholic to the point I had trouble picking up other aromas. Flavor is better. Strong fruit flavors, some maltiness, but again a bit too much alcohol burn. Alcohol just is not hidden well enough for my taste. Will try again in a year or so.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 1, 2004
Poured a hazy glden hue with a small white ehad. Aromas of sweetness and slight alcohol. Flavors were very sweet with a thick mouthfeel and the sweetness seemed to linger. Not much depth to this brew as I have grown to expected more from DFH brews.


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